The banty hen hatched out the duck eggs -- 28 days sitting. She did a good job. However, I have a little to learn yet. Of the 5 eggs, she has 3 ducklings -- because of me. The first one to hatch in the chicken coop in the bucket evidently was trampled upon (or pecked to death) by another hen who layed an egg in the bucket. (With the ma-ma hen in it yet.) The duckling had a cute "tophat" just like Elton. Perfectly healthy one minute, and dead the next time I peeked. Uggh!
I quickly moved her bucket and all to a new outside pen, laying the bucket on it's side. She hatched out 3 more ducklings. Then I decided to pull the bucket out as it was rolling about some. I was careful to pull the whole nest out of the bucket, they still were in an old dog house for cover. The unhatched egg was in the middle of the nest. She then proceeded to take up caring for the other 3, and quit laying on the egg. Uggh! ....and it was ready to hatch. It wasn't a dud.
Lesson learned -- once I get that broody hen going next time, she has to have her own little pen -- and no disturbing her! I'm sure there would have been 5 ducklings if not for me.
|Grandsons Ryan and Riley holding the new babies.|
|They love her and she loves them. :-)|